Mini-Shows

Dear Friends,

We continue to feel our way through the challenges this pandemic presents. Our club’s executive supports the belief that we all must do our part to slow the progress of this virus. In 2020 the spring meetings were cancelled, as well as the Spring & Summer Garden Shows. In August we resumed our general meetings with a modified mini-show held in advance with social distancing.  September’s mini-show was cancelled in lieu of a modified Fall Show.  October’s mini-show was cancelled because of concerns about COVID’s 2nd wave.  Rather than congregating in person, we’re gathering via Zoom, where we can safely meet virtually.

A 2021 mini show schedule has been prepared but until we’re able to gather in person, we’re holding virtual mini-shows during our monthly Zoom meetings.  We’re asking you to select ONE item you’ve grown. Send a photo of it to our Zoom Host a day in advance of the meeting.  The host will ‘screen share’ the entries & then a poll. Members can vote online just like in People’s Choice. As the main focus is for fun and to show what you have grown, points will not be awarded.
You’re also invited to display ONE decorative exhibit that will be a People’s Choice online vote.  The host will then later reveal the polls’ results.

We hope that everyone will do their part by limiting social contact and observing all instructions from our public health authorities.
The best news is that being out in the garden is safe! 🙂

Wishing you all good health and hoping to see you soon,
Carole Carver,
President, View Royal Garden Club
(January 2021)

Our Mini-show, or Parlour Show, is a small exhibition at each general meeting. These shows allow members to demonstrate:

  • what can be grown locally,
  • display new or unusual plants
  • have unknown plants identified.

This can spark conversation and information sharing.
Entering a mini-show also teaches us how to exhibit for our seasonal shows, because mini show entries are also examined by a BC accredited judge who offers comments on the exhibit.

If you have a plant problem or query, you can enter something in the Display Only/Problem Inquiry.

If you’d like to share something from your garden or indoor plant collection, and it’s not covered by the display options for the month, you can enter in the Unlisted category.

The mini-show is a great opportunity to learn more about your garden and your plants.
Congratulations to everyone who entered the mini-shows over the past year – their efforts bring smiles and appreciation from everyone attending our meetings!

Monthly Mini Show Schedule 2021

NOTE: A photo of each Mini-Show items MUST be emailed to our Zoom Host a day in advance in place by 7:15 pm to allow time for creating the slide show and polls the judges to make their decisions.  At that time the exhibit tables are closed to everyone, except judges and Mini Show Coordinator.  This allows the judges to freely discuss the merits of the entries, compare ideas, and consolidate their comments.  So, while the judges are working, it is an opportunity for you to vote & enjoy the People’s Choice exhibits, or visit with other club members.  Please do not visit the other exhibit table until after the judging has been completed when everyone is then welcome to view all exhibits & the judges’ comments The host will ‘screen share’ the entries & then a poll. Members can vote online just like in People’s Choice.

other quick links:

Wednesday, JANUARY 27, 2021  (modified)
1. Collection of January blooms
2. Flowering branch – 1 stem
3. Winter hanging basket or planter
4. Decorative: “Winter treasures”, designer’s choice
5. Display only / Problem inquiry
6. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 24, 2021  (modified)
1. Hellebore – 1 stem
2. Fresh or stored winter vegetable (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
3. Flowering or berried branch – 1 stem
4. Bowl or pot of bulbs **
5. Decorative: “Spring Dreams”, designer’s choice
6. Display only / Problem inquiry
7. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

Wednesday, MARCH 24, 2021  (modified)
1. Large Narcissus – 1 stem
2. Small Narcissus – 1 stem
3. Any other bulb ** – 1 stem
4. Perennial – 2 stems
5. Flowering branch – 1 stem
6. Decorative: “Sunny Side Up”, designer’s choice
7. Display only / Problem inquiry
8. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

Wednesday, APRIL 28, 2021  (modified)
1. Rhododendron / Azalea – 1 truss / spray
2. Tulip, Lily type – 1 stem
3. Tulip, Other – 1 stem
4. Any perennial – 2 stems
5. Other bulbous flower ** – 1 stem
6. Decorative: “Going Green” designer’s choice
7. Herbs – 3 or more in water
8. Flowering branch – 1 stem
9. Display only / Problem inquiry
10. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

(click to link to Spring Show)

Wednesday, MAY 26, 2021  (modified)
1. Rhododendron / Azalea – 1 truss / spray
2. Any perennial – 2 stems
3. Iris* – 1 stem
4. Flowering branch – 1 stem
5. Decorative: “Pollinators’ Picnic”, – designer’s choice
6. Herbs – 3 or more in water
7. Vegetable (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
8. Rose “with 2 leaves attached” – 1 stem
9. Display only / Problem inquiry
10. Unlisted (People’s Choice) 

(click to link to Summer Show)

Wednesday, JUNE 23, 2021  (modified)
1. Rose “with 2 leaves attached” – 1 stem
2. Annual – 3 stems
3. Vegetable in season (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
4. Flowering vine – 1 stem
5. Perennial – 2 stems
6. Decorative: “Sail Into Summer”, designer’s choice
7. Herbs – 3 or more in water
8. Display only / Problem inquiry
9. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

JULY – -no meeting in July

Wednesday, AUGUST 25, 2021 (modified)
1. Rose in a snifter
2. Dahlia – 1 stem (with leaves attached)
3. Tomatoes – 3 only
4. Vegetable (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
5. Fruit – (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
6. Perennial – 2 stems
7. Decorative: “Summer Sizzle”, designer’s choice
8. Display only / Problem inquiry
9. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021   (modified)
1. Rose in a snifter
2. Dahlia – 1 stem (with leaves attached)
3. Tomatoes – 3 only
4. Vegetable (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
5. Fruit – (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
6. Perennial – 2 stems
7. Decorative: “Seeds of Change”, designer’s choice
8. Display only / Problem inquiry
9. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

(click to link to Fall Show)

Wednesday, OCTOBER 27. 2021  (modified)
1. Fruit – (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
2. Perennial – 2 stems
3. Vegetable (see Mini Show Guide for numbers)
4. Tomatoes – 1 standard or 5 cherry
5. Carved pumpkin or squash
6. Decorated pumpkin or squash
7. Decorative: “Haunted Harvest”, designer’s choice
8. Dahlia – 1 stem, with leaves attached
9. Display of Herbs
10. Display only / Problem inquiry
11. Unlisted (People’s Choice)

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 24, 2021
-no mini-show in November,
Enjoy the Awards Celebration / Christmas Party

DEC. – – no meeting in December

* – “unlisted (People’s Choice)” is an open category to be judged by the members. Exhibitors may enter anything they have grown for review, and points will be awarded.
** – bulb includes true bulbs, corms, tubers, tuber-corms, tuberous roots & rhizomes.

NB: More than one entry may be tabled in any class provided they are different cultivars.

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updated Feb. 9, 2021

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